Inter-professional Studies Courses 2012-2013
Foundation for Child-Related Service Learning I, II
Offers an experiential learning course designed to prepare and support students in service-learning settings. Using current research on brain development, neuroscience, psychology, and child development, the seminar will bridge theory and practice on how children learn. Supports group discussion, reflection, and critical examination in entering and learning from multicultural settings. Note: Enrollment by application only.
American Sign Language
Introduces American Sign Language (ASL). Emphasizes visual readiness skills as students learn to recognize and express spatial relationships between objects and to use non-manual signals, such as facial expressions and body movements. Communicative functions, vocabulary, grammar and cultural aspects of the Deaf community will be studied .
American Sign Language II
Emphasizes further development of receptive and expressive ASL skills, finger spelling, vocabulary building and grammatical structure. Encourages more creative use of facial expressions, body posture, classifiers and the signing space. Introduces cultural behaviors, language, traditions, values and rules of social interactions of Deaf Culture. Prerequisites: PRO 151 or permission of instructor.
Seminar for Mathematics Leaders
Opportunity for students hired as Mathematics Study Group Leaders to reflect on mathematics content, pedagogy, and group dynamics. Required of students hired as Math Leaders, and only open to such students. Meets biweekly. Intermediate. May be repeated.
Puerto Rico Cross-Cultural Inquiry
Travel to Puerto Rico, visit schools and social agencies, interact with Puerto Rican college students and faculty. Pre-trip seminars and readings provide historical, political, cultural, educational and linguistic background for inquiry projects completed upon return. General Education: Fulfills Perspectives on Diversity. Enrollment through application only.
Child Centered Communication
Introduces participants to some of the basic skills of child-centered play and therapy that can be used in therapeutic, educational and other settings with children. Participants will learn how to build relationships with children through their natural language of play, how to facilitate the expression of children's feelings and how to set limits on difficult behaviors.
Using Puppets to Communicate
Introduces a variety of ways in which puppets can be used to help children communicate. Gives an overview of using puppets in educational and therapeutic settings. Provides opportunities for observing an experienced puppeteer at work. Practice the use of puppets in their own work with children.
Stress Management Techniques
Familiarizes students with yoga, meditation, relaxation and other stress management strategies for children of different ages. Explores how stress management techniques can be used in hospitals, in social agencies, and in schools.
Theory and Practice of Stress Reduction
Presents a model of stress reduction based on the dynamic interaction of internal mind/body processes with external factors in the impinging environment. Centers in the theory and application of "mindfulness," enacted in meditation and yoga, and activities of daily life. Examines additional strategies such as social support and cognitive restructuring.
AIDS and Addiction
Provides information about AIDS and addictions, as separate problems, and as issues that intersect, using the ecological framework and a feminist model. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Child Neglect and Abuse
Focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment for families in which there is evidence of potential child abuse and neglect. Topics include identification of abuse/neglect, dynamics of abuse, interpretation of relevant legislation, impact of abuse on child development, treatment programs and approaches, and analysis of social issues relative to family violence. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Student Policy Fellows Seminar
Interdisciplinary seminar and concurrent legislative placement focuses on policy development, advocacy, and leadership skills. Special emphasis placed on policy issues affecting children and families. Open to junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students. Sixteen hours of placement weekly is required. Students must apply and be selected prior to enrolling.
Describes the goals and services of public and private child welfare organizations. Students examine the roles and responsibilities of social workers in these organizations. Relevant legal, ethical and policy issues are discussed. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Provides opportunity to learn theory and techniques of crisis intervention. Topics include concepts of crisis, dynamics of selected crisis situations and methods of intervention. Open to juniors and seniors.
Helping Children Cope with Stress
Presents theory, research, and clinical evidence concerning the effects of stress on children's coping patterns and development. Stressors ranging from normal family life cycle transitions to the threat of separation and loss through divorce, illness, or death, to the chronic stress of poverty are addressed. Explores concepts of vulnerability and resilience and practical methods for helping children increase their competence in mastering stress.
Welcoming LGBT families in Education and Human Services
Prepares Early Childhood and Elementary Educators, Child Life Specialists, and Social Workers to understand and meet the needs of LGBT- headed families and their children. Examines research and case studies on LGBT families and best practices for creating safe, welcoming environments. Introduces LGBT history; legal, medical and social systems; homophobia; heterosexual privilege; action for change. General Education: Perspectives on Diversity
Art for Children
Explores learning through, with, and about art, through art making, reflective and analytical writing, and research. Provides exposure to art materials, and to the theory and practice of using art with children in various settings. Offered: Fall, Spring, in conjunction with VIS 278.